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Karl Towns, Jr. Day

95% UK gear, 5% Florida gear: Pretty fair representation of the odds on this one.

Happy Karl Towns, Jr. Day!  If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right?  My superstition might be the death of me, but after 4/4, I can’t stop.  You’ll understand, I hope.

In just one hour from now, 2015’s top recruit will announce his college decision, which most everybody seems to think will be the Cats.  Seriously, I don’t know anybody who thinks other schools have much of a chance.  According to Zagsblog, “all signs point to Kentucky.”  And that’s just the way we like it.

There hasn’t been a Kentucky lean quite this strong since James Young, who never really expressed significant interest in other teams before popping for the Cats earlier this season.  In fact, most folks have just been waiting for Towns to make it official, after playing for Calipari on the Dominican National Team this summer.  He also visited campus recently to watch the LIU Brooklyn game, and even has a solid relationship with another Calipari: Brad.  Just check out this video of the two high schoolers having a little fun in the Craft Center.

The pickup will be Cal’s first in a few weeks, after signing PF Marcus Lee, and it couldn’t come at a better time, as fans need something of a pick-me-up after falling out of the AP Top 25.  And, apart from March Madness, nothing gets BBN feeling quite as good as nabbing a top recruit.  And the 6’11” Towns is just that: the top guy in 2015.  In case you’ve forgotten, or never seen why, take a look:

Unlike Anthony Davis, who had to get used to playing in a big man’s body, Towns has all the time in the world to get used to it.  And it looks like he’s doing just fine.  Showing great agility and vision, he can move around the post and pass out of double teams like it’s his job.  Which, I mean technically I guess it is.  Or will be.  Either way, he’s already developed a great offensive skill set, and has the length and athleticism to be great defensively, too.  According to his AAU coach, “you can build a program around him.”

Towns has considered reclassifying to 2014, but hasn’t made that call yet.  There’s still plenty of time for him to decide, so should he pick the Cats, we’ll see whether we’ll get him in two years or three.  Either way, he’d be a tremendous cornerstone upon which to build yet another #1 class.

We’ll keep you updated with info as soon as we get it, but there’s no reason to think this one will be a nail-biter.  Consider the young phenom as much a lock as recruits can be these days.  There’s nothing not to like about this kid, so I look forward to having him knock Stoops out of the “Newest Member of the BBN” position.

One hour, folks.

Article written by Corey Nichols

32 Comments for Karl Towns, Jr. Day



  1. atfan55
    9:04 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    next…….



  2. lawnorder
    9:10 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    If he picks anyone but UK…its gotta be Tubby’s fault, that damn Tubby!



  3. got hops
    9:11 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    no wait, he has none of them – but i still want him.



  4. bluefan
    9:16 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t wait to see this kid in blue. I really, really like him and he already has a great relationship with the coaches.



  5. Rockfield, KY
    9:16 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    If he keeps working hard in the gym and improves his explosiveness and bounce, he’ll be dangerous.



  6. Chris
    9:21 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    @clintjackson1: Karl Towns will decide between Kentucky (you can stop reading), Michigan State, Indiana, Duke, Rutgers, Florida, N.C. State and Seton Hall.



  7. tyson
    9:22 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Cal looks to be in a pretty good mood this morning



  8. SexnNursinHomes
    9:29 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Towns has one of the sweetest jumpers I’ve seen. Looks like it is going in everytime.



  9. Will S
    9:32 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Towns picks UK today, then reclassifies to the class of 2014. After seeing this, fellow 2014 studs Jahlil Okafor AND Tyus Jones pick Duke. Good for both teams.



  10. roydillard
    9:35 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    If we do not get some guys to come back each year our seasons may be doomed like this one…I.E. Lamb,Jones,Miller, need some to stay more than one year..



  11. rob
    9:39 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Re: that video of Brad and Karl, maybe Cal should’ve married this woman:

    http://cdn.ebaumsworld.com/mediaFiles/picture/668289/80829446.jpg

    Though I bet her salads aren’t as delicious. Egg donor?



  12. UK AG ALUM
    9:39 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    #11 Your predictions , like your sex life are premature (doomed ? ) .



  13. Jezz
    9:40 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    11- Our season is doomed ? Are you kidding me quitting on a team this early ? Ridiculous.

    This team really is not as good as its 3 predecessors, but it does not mean they can’t make a run at it come March, even as a 6-seed if need be.



  14. Diddy
    9:42 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    11- Who says any of the players on this years team could leave for the nba? Answer… NONE!



  15. roydillard
    9:43 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry should not have used “doomed” but without true point guard do not see us going very deep in the ncaa tour.



  16. MJ4UK
    9:43 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Very excited about this kid…he’s going to be special wherever he goes.



  17. roydillard
    9:45 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    #15 none of them are ready for nba but that wont stop them from going.. look at jones went down to d-leauge and davis with stress fract.



  18. Kevin
    9:46 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    We need to quit comparing players to great NBA players. Everyone wants to compare Noel to Davis. That is all we heard is how great he is. Best shot blocker in the nation. Well, so far he has not panned out and everyone is pissed about it. Andrew Wiggins is the next Lebron James. I find this hard to believe. Lebron is the best player around and you want to try and compare a 17 year old to him? He may be a great high school basketball player, but Lebron James good? Now you want to ask is Karl Towns Jr. the next Kevin Durant. Why can’t these players just be themselves. Talk about how great they are and quit trying to make them someone else. Because when they don’t live up to these big names, we have stupid fans telling them how much they suck.



  19. I Say
    9:47 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    All of the guys on this team would get drafted if they went simply from the Kentucky effect, but right now all of them except for Nerlens would be in the D-League 2 weeks into the NBA season.



  20. I Say
    9:48 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    and this year is the only year that I see us not having a solid bench. after this year we will have a few 5 stars coming off the bench like in the years past. Besides, I would take a young roster like this any year if it means we’re coming off of a national championship season.



  21. rob
    9:49 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    11, I see three leaving early if the draft is tomorrow–Goodwin, Poythress, and Noel. All would still be lottery, according to NBADraft.net (updated today). WCS is #14 there, on potential alone, but I think he could be the low-post beast on next year’s team and work his way up the board. Still, for this year–a team with four lottery picks and Cal at the helm won’t stay at this level of mediocrity forever.



  22. I Say
    9:51 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    19 I dont see how you can say Nerlens hasnt panned out. He plays his ass off for 40 minutes a game and has had solid numbers in almost every game. Yea the shots just werent falling for him against Baylor, but he had 16 rebounds, 16!



  23. Bradley
    9:55 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    19. Noel hasn’t panned out and everyone is pissed about it? GTFO. Noel has been just fine. Really good in fact. And not everyone is pissed about it. Kid is averaging double figures, 8 boards, 3 blocks and 3 steals per game. Yeah, he sucks. Some of you are so clueless it’s beyond belief. Also, you have horrendous comprehension skills. Comparing a player to an NBA player in no way means he is currently as good as said NBA player. It’s a stylistic comparison and not a “this kid is as good as Lebron James right now” comparison. And 15, there are 3 players that would be a lock to be a top 20 pick right now, very possibly 4. You don’t know what you’re watching either. This place is a cess pool of sports knowledge.



  24. Donald
    9:57 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Lol im gonna laugh my ass off If he picks someone other then UK. Most of you guys seem to think its an autolock. He may pick someone else just because of that.



  25. Kevin
    9:58 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    23. / 24. I’m not saying he isn’t playing good. I’m trying to take up for the guys. By far he is busting his ass more than anyone else on the court day in and day out. But to compare him to what Anthony Davis did is stupid. But comparing kids to other superstars is dumb.



  26. Bradley
    10:00 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    25. Yes. Towns will likely decide “I want to go to Kentucky, but posters on a blog think I’m going there so I can’t.” Btw, everyone in America that covers recruiting thinks he’s a lock to pick UK.



  27. Jay
    10:29 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    18.) Your statement is, well, ridiculous to say the least. You’re saying Davis wasn’t ready for the NBA because of a stress fracture? He was averaging 16.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, and 2.2 blocks through his first six games. He won a gold medal on the Olympic team, won every major college basketball award as a freshman, won a national championship, and was the #1 overall selection in the draft. Simply because an injury took place doesn’t mean he wasn’t ready for the NBA.



  28. roydillard
    10:41 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    HIS BODY!!! jack wagon…To young..To many games..



  29. What???
    11:16 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    #29-What are you talking about?????



  30. Danny Mac
    11:53 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    26, You do know his stats are very comparable to what anthony davis did through his first couple weeks. From the Kansas game to the UNC game (7 games) Davis averaged 9 REB, 4.1 BLK and 1.3 STL, with about 11 PTS a game. Noel has 11.4 PTS a game 9.5 REB, 3 BLK and 3 STL. That is very comparable, so why don’t you stop making the knowledgable part of the fan base look bad.



  31. Kevin
    1:26 pm December 4, 2012 Permalink

    31. At the end of the season or even 4 weeks from now tell me who is the better player. I’m as big a fan as anybody on here. I’m just tired i everyone trying to compare each other to all stars. So Suck it d-bag.